Re: Interviews & red flags

Subject: Re: Interviews & red flags
From: Kat Nagel <mlists -at- masterworkconsulting -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2004 10:42:25 -0400

At 11:53 AM -0400 2004/10/20, Amy Smith/Westford/IBM wrote:

Hmmmm. About 'hobby-type' stuff...where would you draw line on that? What
if a candidate's hobby work demonstrated a valuable skill set that their
'day jobs' didn't? Outside interests and hobbies can often contribute
significantly to the skill set someone brings to a job. And just because
something is a hobby doesn't mean that any efforts in that vein are
automatically less than professional.

I include that sort of thing --- volunteer positions where I demonstrated actual skills, not just personal interests --- in a separate section labelled "Other relevant experience". Sometimes, in fact, it is the only way for me to prove particular required skills or types of experience, since much of my day-job work has been considered confidential.

Other stuff, such as my love of cats, mystery novels, and singing Renaissance madrigals and motets, I might mention in answering an interview question, and twice I've mentioned a hobby in a cover letter (the madrigals in a cover letter to a hiring manager who is on the board of a local community chorus, and my cats to a recruiter whose package of info and forms came with cat hairs decorating several of the pages), but I never put them on my resume.

Kat Nagel,
who got the project offered by the cat-owning recruiter, but didn't get the job with the chorus-running manager. (Sold him a ticket to an Early Music concert, though <grin>.)


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